Heanor aim for Radcliffe victory

Everyone at Heanor Town was disappointed that last Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Gedling MW was called off due to a frozen pitch.

However, this Saturday brings another tough game with Radcliffe Olympic visiting the Town Ground and kick-off is 3pm.

And Heanor will be hoping for better fare in this top-of-the-table clash because they have not yet recorded a victory over the Nottinghamshire side in the East Midlands Counties League.

It is therefore time for a change boys and hopefully a big crowd will back them and enjoy the occasion.

The Gedling MW game has now been rearranged for Tuesday, April 5.

Heanor have no midweek game this week and the players should relish the break because the next two months will see little let up with a game scheduled for every midweek and every Saturday.

Players and officials at the club are certainly praying that there is no more bad weather!

Ash Grayson had only been on the pitch for 14 minutes as a second half substitute in the midweek 8-1 thrashing of Holwell Sports when he rose at the back post to head in Phil Austin’s cross to register Heanor’s 50th league goal at the Town Ground this season.

And another anniversary was achieved as the eighth and last Heanor goal of this game was the 200th scored by the club under the management of Craig Hopkins and Glenn Kirkwood.

And this 200th goal came in the managerial duo’s 70th match in charge meaning that the entertainment has been very high under them at a tad under three goals a game.

Dan Williams’ goalscoring spree, he is the second Heanor player to score five goals in a game this season, means that he joins Nathan Benger (16), Ash Grayson (9) and Graham Wells (8) amongst the league’s leading scorers with his 13 goals to date.

All four are a long way behind Thurnby Nirvana’s Jordan Smith who has 25 goals to his name already and looks to be heading towards the League’s Golden Boot Award.

How times change! Heanor’s previous prolific goalscorers: Brian Fidler, Ken Simcoe, Frank Parker, Terry Kelly, Alf Park, Glyn Stacey, to name but a few, did it just for the sheer honour of topping the charts.

It always surprised me that the Central Midlands League could dish out a trophy for the best programme but could not reward a player who scored 30-40 goals in a season.

At least the East Midlands Counties League seem to have hit upon a happy balance with a trophy for both achievements.

Lee Naughton is almost ready for a come back match and this will just leave George Walker on the injured list.

George is a very popular man at the club but he looks like having to sit out the rest of the season with rest the only cure for his injured knee.

However, it does give managers Hopkins and Kirkwood a full squad of players to be able to select from and they are going to need a good squad with the number of games which have to be fitted into a short space of time between now and the end of the season.